Wednesday, November 27, 2013

OMG, Like, Really?

So, for once, I'm speechless. I cannot think of the last time I felt this way. Or, maybe that isn't the truth. Back in the mid 90's, this is when I began driving legally. At this time there was very little available in the way of technology, especially compared to right now. My first car was a 1992 red Honda Prelude Si. There I was, sixteen, filled with excitement. With money I earned from my weekend job, I could afford a full tank of gas, and then still have enough for a few slices of pizza with some friends. I remember heading over to my friend's house to pick him up so we could cruise around for the night. While I was sitting at a red light, although there was not another person in sight, I needed to show off, and so I decided put-up some nice sounding tunes on my radio. Before the light turned green, I quickly grab for the volume knob to crank it up. But music never came out of my speakers that day. No, instead I heard this weak thump sort of sound, followed by this loud elongated disturbing static noise. To this day I am still haunted by that sound. As I sat there bewildered about my forever muted stock radio, I quickly fell into a slight depression. I remember the opening of that factory installed tape deck glaring at me, as it was laughing because it knew all I owned at this time were CD's. That exact moment is when I realized I needed a better sound system in my car. During this time, it was just 1996. Sixteen year old's like me really didn't know about LCD screens yet. It is possible that some people were able to buy a head unit that had capabilities to broadcast TV. I definitely wanted one of those, but I certainly didn't have enough money for it. What I could afford, however, a CD player that had the ability to play mp3 CD's. Nonetheless, the technology then totally and entirely sucked. If it wasn't too expensive, then it was boring, complicated and just useless.

Now, back to why I am speechless. This evening, after stuffing my face with egg foo young, and reading quite the philosophical fortune cookie, which I will forever remember, I then logged onto yahoo. At this moment, thrown in my face is an article touting this amazing new advancement in technology from Audi. From first glance, all I could see was excitement. I then jumped on google, I typed in Audi technology in the news request only to find all of these publications, blogs, and whatevers, all filled with similar excitement that I saw attached to the first article. So, I thought, wow, there must be some awesome exciting news, evidently about some kind of awesome great technology that will be inside the dash of a semi-afforable car. Quickly I clicked into one of the articles. Hooray! A sight for sore eyes, they are integrating 4G LTE technology into their dashboard. Woohoo. Alright, wait... What? They're doing what? Well, that's stupid, who really cares? Am I the only one on this planet who doesn't think this is even almost a good idea? I mean, do we really need another monthly payment? Aren't our pockets already being wrung dry by other monthly fees: school loans, insurances costs, overpriced fuel, rent, car payments, child support, internet, smart phone data plans, etc.  Smart phone data plans, wait, did I just say smart phone data plan? Wait, so that means I already have a 4G LTE connection. Every month I pay about one-hundred dollars to my service provider for their alchemist stone, oops, I mean my data plan, so that I can keep connected to the world outside my head.

Alright, I am gonna stop beating around the bush, now. This celebrated advancement by Audi: Audi 4G LTE it makes very little sense to me. This supposed technology is why I am speechless. It depresses and perplexes me similarly to when my speakers blew up as I sat at a red light. With all of the latest technological advancements that exist today; with all the abilities that exist inside our smart phones, or any smart devices, that can communicate with LCD screens, I cannot understand why these car companies are thinking that this 4G LTE integration as a service is a good idea for the dashboards of our vehicles. To me, this all sounds like an advanced OnStar system. They are essentially allowing us to pay extra money per month for a service that we already have and are paying for: gees, thanks a lot, Audi, great idea. What's scary to me is that most likely the rest of the manufactures are going to follow suit with this stupid idea. I guess I just give these people who run these car manufactures a little bit too much credit. I mean, why would they actually give us something that makes sense and communicates through our smart devices that we already are paying a service fee for.

Monday, November 25, 2013

And The Odd Car Find of The Day Goes To:

This one on ebay. Seville or something?  With a current "Buy It Now" price of $13,000.00, what exactly are you waiting for? What is it? The guy selling it explains it to be a "1979 Cadillac Seville Opera Coupe." If you look at the one picture, yes, yes, those are real "bug eye headlamp covers." In addition, this supposed mid-engine 403 non-fuel injected thing(y) comes with a 1979 license plate. Unfortunately, however, the details do not say whether the Chicago Bulls front license plate will be included with the sale. Happy Bidding. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Just A Scenario

So, you pull into a dealership's spacious lot.

On your mind you are already, totally sold on, and incredibly excited about your decision to buy the car of your dreams: The Bla Bla Premium GT Supreme Limited Edition.

You've done all your homework. You are now ready to buy. Here you are, finding yourself walking around this enormous super car lot as you are on a mission to find a specific match to the Bla Bla Premium GT Supreme Limited Edition you've set out for. You know the exact one you are seeking. The one that has all its bells and whistles. Suddenly, you spot it. Only 100 feet from your face sits that dreamy hunk of metal gleaming from the sun its sexy skin color, with its curves so perfect. This exact moment is when all thought, all reason and rationality escapes out your mind now useless as it all drips down the side of your face. Emptied of all rational thoughts, your feet now magically lift off from the ground. You are whisked away, swept right into your dream Bla Bla Premium GT Supreme Limited Edition. You are now stuck to it, almost as though you are magnetized. In this moment, there you are as you find yourself stuck on the car, hugging it with your arms sprawled out, and your cheek pressed down suctioned against the hood.

Love at first sight! You've found it. That perfect Bla Bla Premium GT Supreme Limited Edition. No words are needed to be said. It is even obvious to the dealer's detailer what you are there for, this one and only reason. And that is for the car you are clinging to, wait, practically glued to.

Walking up from behind you appears a wonderfully enthusiastic salesperson, a new best friend. This salesperson says "come to my office, I can set you up for a test drive. All I need is your license, first born, blood and urine sample, and current vehicle registration."

Quickly you respond to the salesperson, "no, a test drive isn't necessary, I already know, I want this one."

A few moments later, you find yourself sitting in a simply constructed gray cubicle. It has a desk, three chairs, and a picture of your salesperson's supposed family from an Easter Sunday that might or might not have been staged.

After taking in the moment, as you are feeling this nervous energy since you are about to buy the car of your dreams. A car you've been thinking about, falling in-love with, for many months, that's when the salesperson says: "I will be right back, let me go speak to my manager for a second. I want to figure out the best deal for you, so that you can quickly get behind the wheel of that Bla Bla Premium GT Supreme Limited Edition." Upon her return, the salesperson says, "are you sure you want the Bla Bla Premium GT Supreme Limited Edition. I must tell you, we do have a great special on the Rah Rah Continental."

You give off a little chuckle, as you exclaim, "oh yes, I am sure about wanting the Bla Bla Premium GT Supreme Limited Edition. So, let's just go with that."

Suddenly the florescent lights in the dealership begin flickering. Your chair begins shaking. Followed by crashing sounds as surrounding cubicles fall down like dominos, landing on top of other customers all who are now screaming and shouting in fear of the deal they're about to sign. The air grows cold. The building becomes dark. Your salesperson now has steam shooting out from her ears as she screams: "what is wrong with the Rah Rah Continental? I myself have driven one for years, my family has wonderful memories from this car." Cautiously, you respond, "well, with all due respect to the Rah Rah Continental, and your family, I did come here specifically for the Bla Bla Premium GT Supreme Limited Edition." Feeling all confident for standing your ground and fighting for the car you came there to buy, that's when the manager suddenly appears. He says "so I hear you are interested in the Rah Rah Continental. That is a wonderful car. Great smart choice. We are running really great specials on it right now."

And, so now, after all is said and done. After miles and miles of different sheets of paper is printed and is now wet with your signature, the check drawn, this is when you find yourself driving off the car lot in a brand new Rah Rah Continental. And this is simply because the dealer stood to make a some sum of money if by the end of the month they sold a particular amount of Rah Rah's. And now you are stuck in an eighty-five year lease, driving away in your brand new Rah Rah; still dreaming about the Bla Bla Premium GT Supreme Limited Edition, the car you originally set out to buy.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

General Car Buying Discussion and Advice

Welcome, you are now ready to buy a new vehicle, for the purpose of adding this big hunk of metal, plastic, and/or whatever else it is made from, into your family parking lot.

What next?

What are the questions to ask when buying a vehicle?

In making the first step in deciding what to buy, it is helpful to take a look around at your current situation. Take notice to particular situations: i.e. work, travel, family, leisure, etc. Use these "situations" as considerations toward the vehicle that will be best in fitting to your needs.

I must say, for sure, one very important thing is: never walk on a dealership lot without actually knowing what you are there looking for.

Now, a "specific vehicle" might not define "knowing what you are looking for."

At the least, "knowing what you are looking for" requires you to know particularly how much you can afford. Vehicles can be bought outright; or they can be leased for a particular amount of time; or they can be financed throughout a particular amount of time. If you are leasing or financing a vehicle, then you must realize you are required during either term to have full insurance coverage which is another added expense on top of whatever the monthly car payment is. Once again, I repeat, even if you do not have a specific vehicle on your mind, the least you need to know is what you can spend, and you should have an idea of the type of vehicle you want or need. I am claiming this as important because it is very simple to walk into a car dealer and be met by a car salesperson who seems to have our best interests in mind. However, reality is, they do not have our best interests in mind. It is a salesperson's job to make as much money as possible for their dealership. This isn't something you need to hold against these people. However, it is something you must know because you should not allow them to put you into something that you cannot afford, nor something you do not even want.

Always keep in mind these salespeople are very persuasive, they're very convincing. This is their job, they meet someone new every day, and they are good at what they do. By knowing exactly what you want and need, you are limiting their persuasive misdirection that a salesperson will definitely drag you toward.

It is also helpful to keep the following in mind: You can always be agreeable, but no deals are done until contracts are signed and tags are transferred, money is paid, and then you are pulling off the lot in that vehicle. A car buying event usually has a lot of papers that needing to be signed. If you get to a particular moment where you feel that you have been persuaded in a way that you are not comfortable with, simply excuse yourself from the situation. Tell the salesperson that you need sometime to think over everything. It is that simple! And it is something you might have to do because car salespeople are that good. This salesperson might be annoyed, or they might try to tell you that the deal can only be done today. Do not fall for that. First of all, by walking away it might even get you a better deal. Secondly, it is really important you not be tricked and sold into something you are not comfortable with. Think about it before you sign for it!

Finally, before ending today's tip of the day, always remember: keep your numbers to yourself. The salesperson will immediately ask you how much you are looking to spend. They might  also ask what you are currently paying on a  current lease or finance. They are only asking you these because they want to calculate in their minds how much they can get away with charging you for a this new purchase. There is no reason for these salespeople to know how much you currently spend on your current vehicle. Let me repeat that: there is no reason for a salespeople to know how much you are currently spending on your vehicles.

For me personally, a greatly helpful site I've referred to for years is: This website offers a great amount of information about all new and used vehicles. On this site you will find pros, and cons, as well as detailed explanations about any vehicle you are interested in. You can also see what people are paying for the vehicles you are interested in, and you can get a rough estimate of a cars worth through this site. In addition there is a finance calculator that you can use to help you do all your important homework to know exactly what you can and cannot do with reference to your new purchase.

Now, the only problem is, this site has become a little confusing, at least compared to what it had been in the past.  Please refer the following images to see how to use for it to be most helpful so you can complete your important homework assignments. And I explain these images: the first image you will see it has a big red "no" symbol. I am pointing this out because once you log onto, this is what you are presented with first. Unfortunately if you get caught up in that world, then you might get lost as you become distracted from your main mission, and then it is possible you will hate me and Please note, I am not implying to never use this part of their site. It seems as though Edmunds has an agreement with dealerships for them to make money from leads they point toward dealerships. However, for what I've been explaining throughout this blog post, this particular section is not helpful for our homework assignment. Once on the homepage, you need to scroll down toward the bottom of the homepage and find the words "New Cars" and underneath that it says "Calculators." That is where the golden wealth of information resides at the time I wrote this blog and posted the screen shots. On my second screenshot which refers to this section of, please realize that the big red arrows are arrows that I have added, they do not exist on These arrows are just pointing at the places you should refer to so that you can do the important homework so you are not taken advantage of when you walk onto a dealership lot. Good luck!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sundays in Amerca

Okay, well, I guess this applies more specifically to the two states in which I have spent most of my life in. That is in Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The former longer than the latter. Nonetheless, in these two states, this is when those of us weirdo car lovers can venture to our grown up version of a toy store: The New Car lot. There are a couple of reasons that this trip becomes an adventure. First of all, it is almost like trespassing. The dealership is closed. Most of the car lots have some type of barrier to protect themselves from some sort of car thief serial theft party, kinda thing. However, for those of us who are legitimately just weirdos wanting to step around and through a new car lot to dream as we peak into the windows looking at whatever it is that turns us on about these silly machines, those barriers actually work in our favor. These barriers keep the police from coming up to us with suspicion that we are going to steal a vehicle off from the lot. Okay, you know what, scratch all of that which I just said. I guess I am really just escaping off into some kind of land of assumptions because as I am explaining what I've just explained I realize that even though there are barriers keeping people from stealing vehicles from the lot, those of us who are there (just dreaming, looking, and peaking) could actually be mistaken as criminals. Possibly even being shot to death by a trigger happy anyone while simply just looking at window stickers. I realize now that up to this point, for all the years I take my Sunday walk through random dealer lots, I guess I have been lucky not to be harassed by the law. Let's be real, it is actually totally possible to steal things without actually removing the vehicle in its entirety from the lot. If you are creative enough you can run a chop shop by just stripping entire lots filled with vehicles on Sunday's when dealerships are closed. Hmm... Okay, but what is my point with all of this palaver? I really don't know actually. But I do know that Sunday is my favorite time to go through a car lot because I am not attacked by a relentless car salesperson that is trying to make a particular monthly whatever it is this person is trying for. And then an added bonus for Sunday car browsing is that it keeps one's phone safe from that weird car salesperson after convincing you it is a good idea to give out your phone number for that person to just stalk you every couple of months, "hey, just calling to let you know we just got a shipment of over priced gas guzzling, almost already to be outdated electronic option filled whatevers," while in the same breath stating that I should come in for a test drive so that I can be convinced that I should spend my life savings on a totally absurd combination of plastic and cheapest made parts placed into a overly marketed piece of shit. Oh, yeah, I would love to pay 2300 on an integrated navigation system because my smartphone does not do that for me at no extra cost. Oh, and, yes, please, I would love to have the option to listen to XM or Sirius to waste my money when I can listen to the radio for free, or even better simply plug in my smartphone and hear exactly everything I prefer to listen to. Great ideas out there car manufactures. Yeah, your vehicle current miles per gallon stats really make all the sense in the world at this point in time. Glad to see such proactive solutions to true economic and ecologic worries. So, yeah, Sunday car shopping, a time that permits me to just keep my dreaming and car browsing experience to my own eclectic imagination as I visit these car dealerships on that seventh day. A day that God decided to rest. A day that the mosquitos who work at many of these dealerships are at home, all coming off of a night of snorting lines, and well, whatever it is that they do on a Saturday night.

Tip of the day. When buying a car, give out no numbers.

Dealer "What is your current car payment?"
You "I would rather not divulge that right now."


Dealer "What is your telephone number?"
You "I would rather not divulge that right now."

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I Hate Leasing :)

I hate leasing... Yeah, I know, I already mentioned that I hate leasing on the title of this blog post. But, honestly, I really really do. In fact, I do not believe I can actually say it enough how much I really hate leasing. LEASING SUCKS! Don't do it! Don't ever, ever do it! When you walk into a dealership, if they ask you if you are interested in a lease, start screaming and run away. Run far, far away and fast. Otherwise you will find yourself in a prison sentence. You will be locked down to the cement ground, there will be chains and locks holding down your legs, your arms, and even one around your neck. You might want to also contact the authorities anytime you are suggested the option to lease.

Maybe I should think up some analogy to better explain my feelings upon leasing. I would venture into the land of using concentration camps, however, I am not particularly sure I am ready to make funny commentary on the expense of such a despicable historical display of the human condition: the inability to care about anyone beyond the lids of their eyes. Okay, so I figured it out. Leasing for me is... Oh, never mind, this fucking sucks. I suck at analogies. But leasing a car is even worse than my analogy constructing ability. Seriously, it is.

Here is my gripe: when leasing, you are stuck in a vehicle. There is no way out for the entire term of the agreement. Well, let me rephrase that: those of us who are the kind who abide by the law. In other words those of us fools; yea, we are the ones stuck in a particular vehicle until that very last minute for the stupid lease to finally end. Leasing a vehicle is more painful than being completely starved on Thanksgiving morning as you realize that you are the turkey... Ahhh, sheesh, see that, I am terrible at this entire analogy thing. I mean, Thanksgiving morning, you are a turkey? What in the world was I getting at? Okay, anyways, back to my main point:

I hate leases.

Leasing a car invents a regretful feeling each and every moment of every day before the lease expires. As more days go by, the more slowly the days go. Each day you are reminded of this mistake, this lease, each time you climb inside this dreadful vehicle that you've had for just way too long.

However, life isn't always so dreadful as a leaser. Sometimes a leaser does receive a slight glimpse of hope. No, this slight hope isn't the same as that hope that Obama's campaign slogan brought to us all. Nor is it the hope that something has fallen from the sky smashing the car into smithereens (when no one is around the impact zone, of course). This hope I speak of also has nothing to do with wishing you lived on a street where some random nut job is running around in his panties as he is dousing gasoline on random cars then igniting (not the panties) but the cars into flames. Of course either of the latter would consist of a  double hope in that he randomly chose to douse and ignite your leased car. Surprise, people are fucking crazy... And I'm not excluding myself from that statement. 

Back to this hope thing; no, no, and no, none of those hopes are realistic in this Hitler land of leasing. This glimpse of hope I am referring to is: The Letter! What letter you wonder? Good, this wonderment is a healthy thing. It means that you haven't been fooled into thinking that leasing a car was a good idea.

This letter I speak of is a common automated letter that someone who leases a vehicle receives as the end of a lease approaches. This letter comes from that dealership, the one that you yourself are guilty of finding as you retardedly locked your soul into a slow and painful count down of a lease term that feels like it will never end. Okay, long sentence there, sorry, so back to this letter, the letter,  (T͟Hē) LETTER! Get it?

This letter explains that you, the customer, the asshole who leased the car, you can come into the dealer (bring the letter), and because this vehicle you are leased is such an important gemstone to the used car market, you (the leaser) "are in a good situation to exit early from your current lease to either lease or purchase a new car."

Hooray, ding, ding, ding, ding...

I finally got the letter!

No lie, I was waiting, and waiting, and waiting.

Three times a day I would run out to my mailbox. I would peak my head and poke my hand around for this wonderful letter. I would check the mailbox even after it was already delivered for the day.

This letter, it is my letter to freedom. This is the letter that finally allows me to unlock my soul from the dust, the smell, the boogers, and the awful dreadful memories of completely retarded ex-lovers. Finally... FREEDOM!

Not. Nope, no way. No such luck. Nothing to see here, keep on walking.

"The letter" is absolute bullshit. No, not fictional bullshit as if I have just made it up to add a post to my blog. No, I got the letter. It is sitting right next to me staring at me calling me stupid.

Here's what happened: This letter arrived on Saturday, and I got to my dealership the following Tuesday. After they appraised this wonderful vehicle of mine, they told me the wonderful news that the promotion this letter is referring to had expired the day before I arrived, on Monday. Yeah. And, this same promotion "might" become available again in February. Gotta love the honesty.

So folks, the saga continues. My current lease does not end until the end of May. Yep, I chose thirty-nine months-- thirty-nine months... Thirty-nine-months :(... So, I shall now hold my breath until February. And maybe some dealership will have a heart and will save me from the wrath of my

you get it... i don't need to end this in any formal way

Monday, January 21, 2013

Cars are colored, people are shaded.

On this day, a day to remember and give thanks to the late great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the 44th president of the United States of America is inaugurated (well, yesterday he was, but today we all join together to watch.) What's amazing about President Obama, is that he is a mix. A mix of these labeled races which have for too long found conflict over something that is not even real: color. We are all shades; a derivative of brown. We are all one. This entire world is blessed each day by breadth. We all have the right to live. Be respectful of your neighbor, your friend, a woman or a man just passing by. Mind your own business and live with a thankful heart, and breathe truth when you can.

Since this is an auto blog, I shall bring it back to that intent. While watching CNN, I realized that our government alone is enough to keep GM in business. That is by no doubt the coolest cadillac on the road!


Sunday, January 20, 2013 can be yours, for either of these vehicles :)

At the 2013 Philadelphia Auto show I instantly fell in love with two vehicles. Yes, I am very serious, I will trade my domain for either of these vehicles. The white Audi S8 pictured here is loaded with a 520hp, 481 lb.-ft. of torque, 4.0 TFSI, Eight-Speed Tiptronic auto, all-wheel drive. This baby is a beast!. The following car is an Audi R8 Coupe: 525hp, w/ 391 lb.-ft. of torque, 5.2 FSI, Six-speed R tronic sequential transmission and Audi quattro all-wheel drive-- WOAH!!!! Both are 2013 model year vehicles.

Audi S8: w/ White with Black interior.

Audi R8:

Friday, January 18, 2013

Big ups to the awesome people at McLaren of Philadelphia

The moment I can afford one, I will be sure to find my way to McLaren of Philadelphia. Each of the people I spoke to who represent this dealership, while I was at the Philadelphia Auto Show for Media day, they all were so incredibly nice. Usually (at least from my experience with other brands of fancy dream cars), the representatives make us dreamers wanna give up on those dreams because they look at us like we couldn't even afford a can of tuna fish. Let alone a half a million dollar vehicle. I didn't even remotely get this feeling by these people at McLaren of Philadelphia. They were more than eager to speak with me, to tell me about how amazing the McLaren line-up is. And, amazing they are! They didn't even need to explain it. You can see it and feel it just by the cars presence. Please, if you are in the market for a McLaren, give McLaren of Philadelphia a call: 610-886-3000.  I wasn't asked to do this, so you don't need to mention my little blog. Enjoy the pictures though.

McLaren MP4-12c Spyder MY13:

Mclaren 2012 mp4-12c: 

Can I please have $126,895.00?

If you give me $126,895, I promise you that I will buy a 2013 Corvette ZR1 Coupe. And I will even send you pictures of it!

I think that's a fair deal!

For the curious, 6.2 liter supercharged with 638 horsepower.

Time To Talk... Scion FR-S

During this past summer, I was driving through Wilmington, Delaware. Forgetting the fact that if there were no traffic lights, one could get back into Pennsylvania in probably less than five minutes, but it is still called Delaware, fortunately for Scion, there are traffic lights. I say this because while I was approaching a light, across the street, I saw a really cool looking car. My first guess was that it was a new 370z. However, I kept looking at the car. And, it just looked different. The traffic lights turned green. As I was driving past this Scion, I was able to see the back of it. And that is when I realized it wasn't a Z.

I must admit, I have been ignoring this car ever since that day. No reason other then life lies my excuse to my lack of proper focus. Today while I was at the Philadelphia Auto Show, I got to see this car close up. In addition to just looking over the car, I met a fella named Jon. Immediately I gained a liking to him, only because he has the same name as me. Nonetheless, he explained he works for some marketing firm that is contracted out, but his only focus for this farmed out marketing company is Scion; so, anyway, he is a legit dude. I really didn't wanna stick around and chat. I like to take my pictures, sit in the car, then skip out. However, since this guy's name is Jon, I got stuck in a conversation. I am happy about this, because I learned a few things about this Scion FR-S. This little sports car, has 200 horsepower "boxer" engine, which has the word "Subaru" on it. It does 0-60 in just a few points over 6 seconds, I believe it was 6.2. Not too shabby! What is also interesting about this car is that it was designed by the same guy who designed the incredible Lexus LFA, Hiromu Naruse (R.I.P.) Finding this out ultimately made sense. I was able to see similar lines in this obtainable sports car that exist on the ultimate dream car. This has given me a much more respectful perspective for the Scion FR-S.

2013 Camaro 2SS Coupe Summit White Black Interior

This is another SS. 2013 Camaro 2SS Coupe Summit White Black Interior. 6.2 Liter V8 W/ SFI (whatever that means) 6-Speed Manual. I SO wish this car came in all wheel drive. Could you imagine? MPG-- Well, let's move on from that depressing thought.

I really loved the interior of this car. When they first produced this current Camaro, they were not offering a GPS. Even though a GPS is utterly useless now that we all have smart phones, it makes the interior look alive. Everything in this car feels right. The seater are comfy. The suede steering wheel is lovely. The shifter, well, it's awesome. Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Vroom, vroom, vroom...

I am a little over a year away from the time I need to purchase a new car. What's awesome is, I leased my current vehicle. I get bored of my car's, really fast. So, the count down has begun. Since I am completely obsessed with cars, unfortunately, all that is consuming my mind is: what do I buy next? The other day, I was on Chevrolet's website. I was looking at the SS Camaro's. I know, I know, MPG's suck (thanks for the reminder Jeff.) But, come on! This car is totally insanely awesomely cool. Also, I could never buy a 6 cyl., because I would feel completely insecure driving around in one. Don't get me wrong now. I am the first person to shout, and scream out on the top of my lungs, for these car manufacturers to begin making affordable (cool looking) vehicles that do not drink gasoline as if it was water for a runner at the end of a marathon. Anyway, after walking around the Philadelphia auto show this morning during media day, I realized that we are quite far off from the auto industry changing their ways, and giving us (cool looking) MPG and wallet friendly cars. Sorry folks, not this year, and probably not next, etc... Okay, sorry for my ADD. Back to the focus of this particular posting. When I was on GM's site, and looking at the SS, I saw in the options widow, there was a "Hot-Wheels" version Camaro SS. I was like, no freaking way, I gotta see this thing. But, I didn't have much luck finding it on their site. Nonetheless, success, I found one today at the Philadelphia Auto Show. It's freaking sweeeeeet!!!!

Philadelphia Auto Show 2013

A twenty minute ride to press day at the philadelphia auto show is only taking me an hour. The auto shows location for you gps'ers 1101 arch st. Phila. Pa. The show goes from jan. 19-27 and it's "bigger than ever." So it must be quite big.

The following is a news release:
Interactive Ride Opportunities Headline 2013 Philadelphia Auto Show
--Seven offerings will be available for the first time ever!--
E. Norriton, Pa., January 10, 2013 – With an expanded display now totaling approximately 630,000 sq. ft., the Philadelphia Auto Show proudly announces the offering of two indoor Ride experiences and five outdoor Ride & Drive offerings at its 2013 event.
“Philadelphia, get ready; this year’s Auto Show is like nothing you have ever seen before,” said Michael Chapman, chairman of the 2013 Philadelphia Auto Show. “We’ll have vehicle rides climbing a 14-foot- high, 35-degree mountain. We’ll have ride experiences that instantly personalize your experience and address you by name during your adventure. The list goes on. Increased interactivity between our guests and some of the best products the automotive industry has ever produced are key highlights of this year’s show. The extensive list of vehicles that consumers will now be able to experience in motion at our event is our longest yet. Hats off to the manufacturers who are providing these one-of-a-kind opportunities for the people of the Delaware Valley.”
Ride and/or Ride & Drive opportunities will be provided by the following manufacturers:
Making its first-ever appearance in Philadelphia, Jeep® is bringing Camp Jeep®, a unique interactive off-road experience, to consumers attending the 2013 Philadelphia Auto Show.
The 25,000 sq. ft. exhibit will give Auto Show attendees a chance to experience the extreme off-road capabilities of Jeep vehicles directly on the show floor. The course will be comprised of several obstacles that simulate some of the rigorous testing that Jeep vehicles endure before customers get behind the wheel. This provides consumers a firsthand look at the capability standards of Jeep vehicles for Ground Clearance, Traction, Stability, Articulation and Suspension. The Jeep Test Track is an interactive adventure zone where professional 4x4 drivers allow riders to experience a Jeep's both on- and off-road capabilities. Product specialists will chauffeur participants in a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, Wrangler Rubicon and Grand Cherokee to allow consumers to experience the capabilities of a Jeep.
The exhibit will also feature a thrilling, “can't miss” hill climb where passengers experience the Jeep's traction capabilities while climbing the 14-foot high, 35-degree Jeep Mountain, the icon of the ride. Riders are over 18 feet off the ground when they sit on top of Jeep Mountain. The track includes a 12 x 25-foot section of terrain simulating fallen logs measuring 18 inches in diameter and a 30-degree wedge to demonstrate the vehicle’s body articulation, where attendees will experience the adrenaline rush of looking nearly straight up or straight down as they navigate the obstacle. Each ride is about five minutes long.
Camp Jeep will be open during all hours of the Philadelphia Auto Show and during the media preview on January 18th.

After its inaugural indoor Ride Experience debut at last year’s Philadelphia Auto Show, Toyota will return to this year’s event with another exceptional ride experience located directly on the display floor in Hall E! Branded with a “Let’s Go Places” moniker, this unique activity will allow Auto Show attendees to experience some of the company’s newest products, including the new-generation 2013 Avalon, Camry Hybrid, Prius and Venza. In addition, the Philadelphia Auto Show will be the first Auto Show to feature rides in the new RAV4.

Teams of professional drivers and trained product specialists will take participants on a fun, informative and ultra-interactive demonstration drive through a more than 31,000 sq. ft. course. The informative and entertaining in-vehicle experience will educate consumers and tell the story behind Toyota’s design and styling, MPG capabilities, performance and racing, Entune offerings and more. Interested parties can visit the Toyota display to participate. The event will be open and operational every day of the Philadelphia Auto Show, including the preceding Black Tie Tailgate and Media Day preview.

In addition to the indoor Ride Experiences that will be accessible on the show floor, Auto Show attendees will also have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of some of today’s newest cars and trucks through five different Ride & Drive offerings. Outdoor Ride & Drive opportunities will be offered via the following manufacturers:
Featuring the CTS Sedan, CTS-V Sedan, CTS-V Coupe, CTS-V Wagon, SRX, XTS, ATS and Escalade, the Cadillac Ride & Drive will operate on the following days and times:
Saturday, January 19: 9am – 5pm
Sunday, January 20: 9am – 5pm
Friday, January 25: Noon – 5pm
Saturday, January 26: 9am – 5pm
Sunday, January 27: 9am – 1pm
Cadillac vehicles will be staged behind the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Guests should visit the Cadillac display in the Main Exhibit Hall for more information and directions to the Ride & Drive.

General Motors will offer the opportunity for Philadelphia Auto Show-goers to test-drive vehicles from Chevrolet, Buick and/or GMC. The event will feature the Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, Silverado, Traverse, Volt, Sonic and Spark; the Buick Regal, Enclave and Verano; and the GMC Terrain, Acadia and Sierra. The event will operate the following days and times:

Saturday, January 19: 9am – 5pm
Sunday, January 20: 9am – 5pm
Friday, January 25: Noon – 5pm
Saturday, January 26: 9am – 5pm
Sunday, January 27: 9am – 5pm

General Motors vehicles will be staged between 13th & Broad Streets on Arch Street, in front of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.


Hyundai is welcomed to the 2013 Ride & Drive lineup with offerings for Auto Show guests to experience the Genesis Coupe, Genesis R-Spec, Equus Ultimate, Santa Fe Sport, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Veloster Turbo, Tucson Limited and Azera! The Hyundai Ride & Drive event will operate the following dates and times:

Saturday, January 19: 9am – 4pm
Sunday, January 20: 9am – 4pm
Monday, January 21: Noon –5 pm

Hyundai vehicles will be staged between 11th & 12th Streets on Arch Street, in front of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.


Kia Motors returns to the 2013 Philadelphia Auto Show with a Ride & Drive event featuring the Optima Limited, Optima Hybrid, Sorento SX and Soul. This Ride & Drive will operate at the following times:
Thursday, January 24: 12noon – 8pm
Friday, January 25: 12noon – 8pm
Saturday, January 26: 10am – 7pm
Sunday, January 27: Noon – 8pm
Participating Kia vehicles will be staged between 11th & 12th Streets on Arch Street, in front of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Subaru joins the 2013 Ride & Drive lineup with its first Philadelphia Auto Show event! Featuring the Legacy 2.5i Limited w/EyeSight, Legacy 2.5i Premium Sport, Outback 3.6R Limited w/EyeSight, Impreza 2.0i Limited, Impreza Sport 2.0i Limited and XV Crosstrek Limited, the Subaru Ride & Drive will operate during all show days at the following times:
Saturday and Sunday, January 19 & 20: 9am – 4pm
Monday – Friday, January 21 – 25: Noon – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday, January 26 & 27: 9am – 4pm
Subaru vehicles will be staged on 12th Street between Arch & Race Streets.
Interested parties that would like to participate in any of the events mentioned above should visit the respective manufacturer display floor at the Philadelphia Auto Show for instructions and more specifics.

About the Philadelphia Auto Show
The 2013 Philadelphia Auto Show, produced and owned by the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia, rolls into the Pennsylvania Convention Center January 19th-27th. This year's event will have hundreds of vehicles from a variety of worldwide manufacturers. Highlights include an array of concept, classic, luxury, pre-production and exotic models. Ticket prices range from $6.00-$12.00. For more information, visit

Sunday, January 6, 2013


An icy morning on Lincoln and Kelly drive. A number of accidents; spin outs; and poll crashes are happening this morning. Drivers be aware!!! January 6, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013

What movie?

I took these pics in center city phila a couple of years ago. Does anyone know what movie this was?

I knew it...

I warned her, "parking on the beach will deteriorate the car." Women just don't listen.

More fords more vanities

What's with ford drivers and vanity plates? Is it a requirement?

A little...

rubbing compound should take it right out. Maybe a little detail couldn't hurt either. No, but actually I'd love to see an infomercial that makes this car look brand new after using their "amazing" product. That is something I'd buy!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Red Ford F-750

So, one day I bought a ford ranger. Then we had a baby. Since me and the lady needed more room we got an F-150. Then we had twins. So, to accommodate we had to sell the F-150 and buy a ford F-250. After a few month, we had triplets. Oops. Me and the lady, still not married, but we used the wedding funds for a ford F-350. And then our first born, the twins and the triplets all began having children with one another, so now we got the red F-750. We love it!

Family can for sale: garage kept

Perfect family van. Garage kept and never been out in the rain.

Ford focus drivers...

And their general sentiments about it.

"Do you wanna sit in my Bentley?"

"No dude, but I wanna steal it and drive it forever. Thanks for the offer."

New 2014 corvette! Hot!!!

Or maybe not. Doubt there'd be much popularity if this was the new Vette.

Passing me by...

This undoubtedly looks like one cool ride. Fake or real? And why are the fake ones even expensive?